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- Sep 30, 2011
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You won't know if you are doing any good until you get your hands dirty.It isn't whether you want to get your hands dirty, it is whether you are doing any good. And in fact, creating more harm than good. Many of these people the worse thing you can do is give them something of value. They will only sell it to get more drugs/alcohol.I'm a social worker. People are homeless for a variety of reasons. I have people that are intellectually disabled with significant substance abuse issues. I have people that have significant mental health issues. I have people that are one step away from becoming homeless now because they work as waitresses etc. in restaurants. Some of those people are in their late fifties and can't start over as easy as that. Some are felons and their past charges prohibit them from moving forward. Some people are just lazy and it irritates the hell out of me. I know for a fact that there are people that I can lay out everything that you need to be successful and they will not do it. So, it's not that I don't see the failed programs or the failed people. I absolutely do. I just don't think that is all there is and I don't believe anyone knows until they get in there and get their hands dirty.You are missing the point.Do they wreck it because of how much money they don't make?To which the poor people would wreck in as little as one generation.There is that. Even tiny homes would work. Still have to have the land and utilities. So, if they took the land that has the houses on it they would need to go ahead and demolish them and then the additional cost of the tiny home.These homes can be as low as $10 - $12k each (plus land) for a really small one if all of the work is done by the buyer.I like the shipping container idea. I've seen them done really well on some tv show. Still have to have land to put them on.Creating homes for them out of these shipping containers will be hard for them to destroy, and it cost less to make. They are very durable. They can last a lifetime and strong enough to last through many hurricanes.They should work with the local womens' shelters and the Habitat For Humanity people first.
For the rest it's a matter of decriminalizing poverty and homelessness; put them in those houses they will just strip them and move on, since for most of them transience is their normal survival state. Many are mentally ill and aren't going to fare any better in a crappy house by themselves.
It's ridiculous cognitive dissonance to outlaw poverty and homelessness while praising social Darwinism and 'winning' and then turn around and criminalize failure as well. There is all kinds of public property available, including parks. that are fine for transients most of the year. In the 19th century the homeless poor were allowed to sleep on the floor of their local police stations.
Of course that won't be the case, so in reality more like 5 times that. And that is HIGHER than the per unit cost to build a traditional apartment complex.
This has all been done before. And the result was $millions of taxpayer spent, and the eventual demolition of buildings that should have lasted for generations. There are examples of it in nearly every major northern city.
It is all a massive waste of money... over and over and over. But it gets politicians elected, and people feel good about themselves in how awesome they are.
We have a loss of jobs due to the shut downs. We will have a whole lot more homeless. You don't get to just make them invisible or pretend they aren't human because of stupid crap that was done over COVID-19.
Winter is coming.
Right now... right now... if you was to magically make 5,000 homes appear, and each person would also get a $50,000 debit card. At the end of a year... all the money would be gone, and most of the 5000 homes would be trashed.
It is a simple fact.
At the same time, proven literally 1,000s of times over and over - give them shelter and they will destroy it.
I am not religious, but the Bible is filled with truisms. And one of those is "God helps those that help themselves". I am quite willing to donate money and time to people who need help, and are willing to make the effort to get back to becoming a productive person. I have no interest to give either to people who will take that help and either do nothing, or will take whatever they were given to get more alcohol and drugs.
There are people, MANY, you simply cannot help.
Let's call it enabling which is doing more harm than good. Do some programs enable? Yes. Generational poverty in some areas is very real.